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Cape Girardeau was originally established as a frontier trading post by French soldier Jean D. Girardot, for whom the city is named. It was founded by French-Canadian settler Louis Lorimer in 1793.


Centrally located in a region with a rich French heritage, Cape Girardeau is ideally suited to commemorate French culture with a Mardi Gras celebration.


To celebrate the history and culture of the region a group of individuals and businesses are working to establish Cape Girardeau as a key Mardi Gras location within the next 3 to 5 years. The Masquerade Party combined with the Fat Tuesday Crawl and New Orlean’s Style Brass Band Sidewalk Parade are the first steps of many over the next few years to accomplish this.


If you have any further questions or are interested in helping out please Contact Us!